Florida High Speed Ground Transportation Initiative -- Ballot Title and Full Text
This initiative was submitted to the voters at the November, 2000, election and was approved by a Yes vote of 52.7%. No information is currently available (as of December, 2000) as to how it might be implemented or by what agency or organization. Updates will be provided as they become available. It is believed that this initiative is likely to be challeged in the courts in the near future and so no implementation action on it is likely to occur until it survives these challenges to its legality.
ARTICLE X, SECTION 19
BALLOT TITLE: Florida Transportation Initiative for statewide high speed monorail, fixed guideway or magnetic levitation system.
BALLOT SUMMARY: To reduce traffic and increase travel alternatives, this amendment provides for development of a high speed monorail, fixed guideway or magnetic levitation system linking Florida's five largest urban areas and providing for access to existing air and ground transportation facilities and services by directing the state and/or state authorized private entity to implement the financing, acquisition of right-of-way, design, construction and operation of the system, with construction beginning by November 1, 2003.
FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA THAT:
Article X, Section 19, Florida Constitution, is hereby created to read as follows:
High Speed Ground Transportation System.
To reduce traffic congestion and provide alternatives to the traveling public, it is hereby declared to be in the public interest that a high speed ground transportation system consisting of a monorail, fixed guideway or magnetic levitation system, capable of speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, be developed and operated in the State of Florida to provide high speed ground transportation by innovative, efficient and effective technologies consisting of dedicated rails or guideways separated from motor vehicular traffic that will link the five largest urban areas of the State as determined by the Legislature and provide for access to existing air and ground transportation facilities and services. The Legislature, the Cabinet and the Governor are hereby directed to proceed with the development of such a system by the State and/or by a private entity pursuant to state approval and authorization, including the acquisition of right-of-way, the financing of design and construction of the system, and the operation of the system, as provided by specific appropriation and by law, with construction to begin on or before November 1, 2003
Last modified: December 03, 2000